Workshop A

REHABILITATION RESEARCH IN THE AREA OF PAIN MANAGEMENT
Prof. Gulseren Akyuz, Marmara University School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Division of Pain Medicine, Istanbul Turkey, Email: gulserena@gmail.com

Aim of the workshop:
Chronic pain is a debilitating condition which affects individual patients, their families and friends, the work force and the society in general. It is a complex condition that presents a major challenge to health care professionals because of its unknown etiology, and poor response to all kinds of therapies. On account of its fundamentally subjective nature, it is difficult to measure chronic pain.  It is currently measured almost solely by self-reporting, through either clinical questionnaires or visual analogue scale (VAS) as well as effects on activities of daily living and quality of life. The aim of this workshop is to provide a comprehensive discussion on the assessment of pain including instruments for evaluation and follow-up of pain severity, duration and frequency, and tests which can be used to investigate its effects on quality of life for rehabilitation research in the area of pain management. Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will leave with the knowledge of how to assess chronic pain for research purposes and design a study.

Target group:
Rehabilitation professionals (Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, Speech therapists, Psychologists, Vocational rehabilitation therapists, and Physicians) and PhD students who are interested in pain management.

Methods:
Power point presentation with videos, interactive meeting with debate method.

Other speakers:
Özge Kenis-Coskun, M.D., Assistant Professor*, Email: ozgekenis@gmail.com
Esra Giray, MD, Physiatrist*, Email: girayesra@hotmail.com
* Marmara University School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Istanbul Turkey